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MONDAY, August 20:
: The top U.S. military officer Martin Dempsey visits Afghanistan
to hold meetings with U.S.-led coalition and Afghan officers.
: The delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE
, led by Riccardo Migliori, visits Georgia (to August 22).
: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Helsinki
: Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov visits Kyiv
TUESDAY, August 21:
: The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic resumes
at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.
: Closing arguments to be made in the case of Bosnian Serb ex-general Zdravko Tolimir,
who commanded Ratko Mladic’s army in the Bosnian war.
: A technical group of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
(OSCE/ODIHR) is scheduled to arrive in Minsk.
: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev pays a state visit to Bishkek
, attends the Turkish Speaking States Cooperation Council (to August 23).
: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet members of a Syrian delegation
headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Kadri Jamil.
WEDNESDAY, August 22:
: The two countries begin the construction of Meghri hydroelectric power plant
over the Aras River, which forms the common border between the countries.
: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visits Bishkek
to attend the Turkish Speaking States Cooperation Council meeting (to August 23).
: Bishkek hosts the meeting of the Turkish Speaking States Cooperation Council
(to August 23).
: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays an official state visit to Chisinau
, which makes her the first German Chancellor to visit the country since it gained independence in 1991.
: Russia joins the World Trade Organization
as its 156th member.
: National Flag Day
THURSDAY, August 23:
: A delegation led by the Israeli Information Minister Yuli Edelstein visits Yerevan
: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon pays an official visit to Turkmenistan
(to August 24).
: International day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
: Remembrance day for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes
FRIDAY, August 24:
: OSCE/ODIHR observers are expected to arrive in Belarus
: Independence Day.
SATURDAY, August 25:
: Moscow hosts the Russia’s Council of Muftis meeting
SUNDAY, August 26:
: Tehran hosts the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
: Stockholm hosts World Water Week 2012
, themed "Water and Food Security."